So, I casually mentioned in my last post that homemade chocolate liqueur is perfect to pour over cheesecake. In my head, I was thinking of this fluffy, crustless cheesecake — otherwise known as the best cheesecake I’ve ever tried. It’s pure decadence!
I’m almost at a loss for words in trying to describe this dessert, which happens to be gluten free. It’s fluffy, airy, luscious and so delicately soft. Delicious on its own, it’s flavored with vanilla and is just begging to be accented with your favorite topping. I’ve tried it with homemade versions of chocolate liqueur, strawberry liqueur and limoncello. (I know. To die for!) But it’d be excellent with non-alcoholic toppings like caramel sauce, raspberry coulis or strawberry preserves.Like the liqueur, we enjoy this cheesecake on our trips to Connecticut to visit my in-laws for the holidays. A dear family friend makes it, and my mother-in-law stores it in the freezer to thaw when we arrive. (She knows how much I love this cheesecake. Heck, I think everyone in Connecticut knows how much I love this cheesecake.)I finally got the recipe over the summer, and have been waiting for Christmastime to try it. It’s definitely a special occasion kind of dessert, something to make when it can be shared. It’s way too dangerous for me to have around just because. I don’t have that kind of self control.
But on Christmas day, I’ll happily indulge in this rich, fluffy crustless cheesecake, topped with our delicious chocolate liqueur. It’s the perfect present, don’t you think?
Here are some helpful tips for this cheesecake:
- To prevent lumps, let your cream cheese come to room temperature before starting. Beat each block one at a time, until it’s smooth and creamy. Add each ingredient one at a time, beating after each addition, just until combined. Then mix everything for seven minutes on a high speed that won’t splash. Your batter must be smooth before baking.
- To prevent cracks, bake your cheesecake in a water bath (bain marie) by filling a roasting pan 1/4 full with hot water and letting your springform pan with the batter rest in it. When done baking, leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door ajar for one hour.
- Test to see if your springform pan leaks before filling it by letting it sit in the water bath for 10 minutes. If water seeps into the pan, you can dry it, then place your springform in a pie dish. Then set the pie dish with the springform in the water bath and proceed.
Buon Natale and Happy Hanukkah, my friends! May your days be filled with peace and joy. I’ll post again at the end of the week.
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(Recipe Source: Barely adapted from family friends Lee and Carol, who said it originally came from Williams Sonoma)